Bernie Granados Jr. is a multi-talented artist who works in a wide
variety of mediums, including embossed acrylic paintings,
watercolor, Prismacolor pencil, pen and ink drawings, wood carvings,
ceramic, and bronze. Drawing from his Apache and Zacatec roots, Mr.
Granados produces paintings, sculptures, masks, prints, and
miniatures featuring beautiful images of horses, buffalo, and
ancient ancestral figures inspired by personal visions and cave art
throughout America. He finds inspiration in Nature’s force and
beauty, his smarter-than-human quarter horses, his fellow artists,
and his love and respect for the Creator.
As a youth he derived inspiration from the old and contemporary
masters, spending much time in art galleries and museums and
enjoying time in the presence of these celebrated pieces of art
Mr. Granados is a gifted teacher who headed the Fine Arts Department
of the Intertribal Pre-University Summer Program at University of
California Irvine and taught at the Los Angeles High School of the
Arts. He is listed in the Biographical Directory of Native American
Painters. Bernie was one of the featured artists in the LACMA
Exhibition “Native Artists for the 21st. Century.” He created the
“MADCOWpony” for Horsepower New Mexico’s original “Trail of Painted
Ponies.” It was purchased by Buck Owens. Bernie co-curated, with
Kathy Whitaker and Michael Horse, “Spirit Horses”, an installation
and exhibition at the Southwest Museum that was up for over 2 years.
He has worked in the film industry,IATSE local 767, for over 31
years. Granados’ works are collected by such notables as Ben
Kingsley, Dustin Hoffman, and Ted Turner. His artworks have been
used in such shows as “Seven Brides”, “The Native Americans”,
“Highway to Heaven”, “Gabriel’s Fire”, “Who’s Harry Crumb?”,
“Evolution”, “CSI”, Lords of Salem, Grimm and many others.
Today Mr. Granados’ ongoing passion is helping native youth
cultivate their artistic talent and knowledge. He was an Artist in
Residence at the Southwest Museum and has assisted the Museum in
developing his “Native Mentor Program”, this in turn inspired
www.nativementors.com which provides educational opportunities for
Native youth to learn more about the arts from the Native
professionals in the community. This curriculum is now available for
tribes to develop native youth’s artistic techniques at the
professional level. Bernie is has been assisting with the arts
program at the American Indian Families Partnership, www.indianfamilies.org
You can see the artist’s work at
honored by the Native American Rights Fund by having his artwork
featured in the 2015 Annual Report. You can download a copy at their
The MADCOW Ponies
are featured on this year's Pow Wow Tee.
embossed acrylic on Canson Paper.